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One year later, police still looking for clues in Tempe woman's death

TEMPE, Ariz. -- Tempe police are still looking for answers in the death of a Gateway Community College student who disappeared near her home one year ago Sunday.

Adrienne Salinas, 19, disappeared June 15, 2013 after she left her townhome near Fifth Street and Hardy on foot to go to her boyfriend's house. Her body was found two months later in Apache Junction, Ariz.

"We don't know exactly what happened," said Tempe Police Lt. Mike Pooley. "Our detectives have been working this case non-stop with the FBI and the Apache Junction Police Department."

Pooley said Salinas had been drinking, and she and her boyfriend started arguing at her home during a party earlier in the evening. They left the home together, but the argument continued. Salinas jumped out of his car a few blocks away and walked back home.

Shortly after 3 a.m., Salinas called her boyfriend 11 times but he didn't answer. She sent him a text saying that she was on her way to his house.

A short time later, someone called police and said they saw a car travelling erratically. Officers could not find the vehicle, but it was later found by Salinas' father. It had crashed into a curb and two tires had been blown out.

Salinas' father reporter her missing after he went to her house. Her roommates told him they hadn't seen her. Pooley said Adrienne's car keys were at the home and that she apparently packed a bag.

Shortly before 5 a.m. on the morning she disappeared, Salinas called a taxi and told the driver to meet her at a nearby convenience store in 15 minutes. She never arrived. Her cell phone was turned off a short time after that.

Pooley said police are still looking for suspects and "nobody is off of the table."

Meanwhile, her family will spend Father's Day making sure that people don't forget about Adrienne.

"The family is going to be at Jaycee Park Sunday at 6 p.m. to remember Adrienne," said Pooley. "They're going to be handing out fliers to get the word back out."

If you have any information on the case, Tempe police are asking you to call Silent Witness at 480-WITNESS (480-948-6377), or toll free AT 800-343-TIPS (8477).

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Education: I was born in San Antonio, Texas, but we moved to Phoenix when I was one-year-old in 1957. I grew up here and graduated from Alhambra High School and attended Phoenix College.

Family: I live in north Phoenix with my wife Rene' and my son Devin.

Favorite food: Lots of favorite food, but our favorite restaurant is Fajitas.

Favorite spot in Arizona: The Little America Hotel in Flagstaff.

Favorite news memory: We have to go back to October 15, 1979. I was a country music air personality at KROP Radio in Brawley, California, when we had a 6.7 earthquake. Thankfully, there were no deaths and only minor injuries, but the entire community was pretty freaked out and listening to the station on their transistor radios. I would not want to go through an earthquake again, but it sure was a great night to work in radio and see how it can make a difference in people's lives.

First job: Working as a stringer for 'The Arizona Republic' at high school football games. My first real job was flipping burgers at the old Sandy's Hamburgers at 51st Avenue and Indian School Road. My first radio job was as announcer at KALJ radio in Yuma in 1977.

First concert: My Dad took me to see Jimmy Dean at the Arizona State Fairgrounds in the 1960's. It was before the Coliseum was built. The only thing I remember is Jimmy Dean singing his big hit "Big Bad John."

Favorite sports team: Phoenix Roadrunners minor league hockey. My dad took me to a game when I was in grade school, and I was hooked. I wanted to be a radio hockey play-by-play man. I used to take my cassette recorder and sit up in the rafters of the Coliseum and do play-by-play. It was great later in life to also take my son to Roadrunners games. Too bad the team just folded, I'll miss them. (Going to the Coyotes is fun, but they're not "my" team.)

Outside interests: My family and I are active in our church - Shiloh Community Church in Phoenix. Devin is a high school student at Scottsdale Christian Academy. He plays on the baseball, football, and basketball teams and sings in the choir. Obviously, we keep busy trying to go to all his events! We enjoy going to movies, sporting events, and long road trips. We like to vacation at the Beach Cottages in the Pacific Beach area of San Diego. And I love to play catch, basketball, football with my son.


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